How timing was key to the Indian Grand Prix

How timing was key to the Indian Grand Prix

The key element of Sebastian Vettel's Indian Grand Prix win was not the Red Bull's usual searing speed, but instead a perfectly-judged decision on when to change from the soft Pirellis to the hards, as Adam Cooper explains

Sebastian Vettel might have taken pole position, fastest lap and led every lap of the Indian Grand Prix but, as ever, his victory wasn't as easy as he made it look.

In fact the race was an intriguing one in terms of strategy, and there was plenty going on at the sharp end of the field. The key problem was making the switch to the harder tyre at the right time, and not leaving yourself exposed to being overtaken because it was slow to switch on.

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